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How to Keep Your Refrigerator Clean

Keep your refrigerator clean and smelling fresh with these simple tips.


  • Step 1: Remove items Remove all items from your refrigerator, placing food and dairy products in a cooler if you're worried about taking a long time.
  • TIP: Unplug the refrigerator before cleaning.
  • Step 2: Remove shelves Remove the drawers, shelves, and racks, and place them in the bathtub or large tub.
  • Step 3: Spray Spray the drawers, shelves, and racks with a solution of half water and half bleach. Let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
  • TIP: Vinegar can also be used instead of bleach. But be careful to not mix the two together.
  • Step 4: Clean the walls Clean the outside and inside of the refrigerator with a solution of half water and half white vinegar.
  • Step 5: Throw away spoiled food Throw away any food that is spoiled or past the expiration date.
  • Step 6: Wipe rims Wipe the rims of salad dressing, jam, and ketchup containers with warm water before putting them back in the refrigerator.
  • Step 7: Keep in airtight containers Keep leftovers in airtight containers. Clean spills right away before they become dry.
  • Step 8: Clean often Clean fridge every six to 12 months to keep it sparkling clean and mess-free.
  • FACT: If bleach and ammonia are mixed together, dangerous toxic gases are produced.

You Will Need

  • Cooler with ice
  • Bathtub or large tub
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Sponges and rags
  • Airtight containers
  • Vinegar (optional)

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